As someone who is mainly Irish, I get ecstatic when St. Patrick’s day rolls around. The bright green colors of the blooming plants and dazzling rainbows that streak through the sky are definitely my two favorite parts of St. Patrick’s day, but there’s always the unmistakable sense of mischief in the air. And who is better at mischief making than a leprechaun? Leprechauns, which you may know, are the little shoemakers that sport bright green clothing. These “Fairy Folk” are quick-witted, sly, and ambitious. They are fantastic dancers and musicians, and are always in need of new shoes, as they tend to were out quickly. They make their homes in “Fairy trees”, or hollowed out trees or caverns. They are constantly on the run, however, as the humans of Ireland try to capture them in hopes that the leprechaun will grant them three wishes. Leprechauns are incredibly hard to catch, as they tend to outsmart they captors and poof into the air. Even if you are able to capture the leprechauns and get your three wishes, you must be careful though, because if you word your wishes wrong, you will be cursed with bad luck. These tricky little men are seen as the embodiment of St. Patrick’s day, and many traditions come from them. For example, leprechauns were know for pinching those who didn’t agree with them, so we carried the tradition on to anyone who wouldn’t wear green. These little fairy folk have changed today’s holiday into the St. Patrick’s day we know today.
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